Star Scoop: Pharrell’s Number One G I R L, Beyoncé’s BRITish Invasion, Sex and the City’s Last Chapter

By  February 19, 2014

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We didn’t expect news of Pharrell’s new album to come this quick, but we’re “Happy” it did. The Grammy winner and Oscar nominee took over i am OTHER’s YouTube channel today to announce the release of his second solo disc, G I R L. The 10-song CD, which will include his Despicable Me 2 hit, will drop on March 3rd. [MTV]

While you’re busy at work, attendees of the 2014 Brit Awards were serenaded by the one and only Beyoncé. Clad in a Vrettos Vrettakos gown and her favorite Lorraine Schwartz bling, Blue Ivy’s mom performed “XO” live on television for the first time, which you can relive (around the 1:44:00 mark) here. [Independent]

Fans of Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte, and Carrie, rejoice! Sex and the City writer Michael Patrick King, who penned scripts for the show and its subsequent films, says “there’s one chapter left” for the fierce foursome. “Sarah Jessica [Parker] and I both know what that final chapter is,” said King. “That doesn’t mean it will or should be told, but I do think there’s one story left.” Please, share! [Entertainment Weekly]

Speaking of sequels, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are settling into cruise control. After a record-breaking January opening and three weeks on top of the box office, the pair will team up for Universal’s Ride Along 2. [Variety]

New York City’s worst nightmare? Jada Pinkett Smith. The multihyphenate has been cast as the villain in Fox’s Batman prequel, Gotham. She will star opposite Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue as Fish Mooney, “an imposing, hotheaded and notoriously sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner,” who is also a young Penguin’s boss. [Deadline]

Lee Daniels is bringing Terrence Howard along for his television debut. Howard, who starred in Daniels’ The Butler, has been tapped to play the lead in Empire, a Fox drama about a record industry executive who  “will resort to any measures, fair or foul, to defend his beloved Empire.” [The Hollywood Reporter]